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Bidwell, Washington, DC
Bidwell, Washington, DC
Bidwell, Washington, DC
Bidwell, Washington, DC
Bidwell, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Bidwell

4.2
4.2
553 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Chef John Mooney’s restaurant gets its name from General John Bidwell, an Army general in the 1800′s and founder of Chico, California. An avid farmer, he developed the Bidwell heirloom melon, a gold medal winning flour, and California’s first commercial raisin crop.
The Bidwell menu features Chef John Mooney’s signature dishes with Southern flair and flavor including: Gin & Tonic Salmon with Caramelized Cauliflower, Crispy Deviled Eggs with Homemade Ranch Dressing, Lobster Taco with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, and Suckling Pig. Completing the menu is a confidently curated selection of regional wines, craft beers and classic cocktails.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 547-0172
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We do not have a private dining room. However, we do offer buyouts and have a large patio area.
  • Private party contact
    Kelsie Wright: (202) 547-0172
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    NoMa
  • Cross street
    Union Market Square
  • Parking details
    Parking lot is secured and free
  • Public transit
    Red Line Meto-NoMa
  • Additional
    Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 553 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Good for groups

  • District of Columbia

    Healthy

553 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me, and one of my friends had a galentines here and it was the best experience. The owners were there and made soup at home and when they noticed us staring they offered us some. They also took Polaroid pictures of us with their camera and were very attentive and checked in on us during our meal. The workers were so kind and funny, overall a dream experience. Will be returning!

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  2. KatheeO

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly staff; we sat by the door and it was very cold/windy. Due to constructions we had to use the bathroom in the market, but that will be resolved soon. Our table had the mahi mahi tacos, which were small for an entree, but tasty; cobb salad, which was satisfying; Irish cheddar soup, which was flavorful (one was gluten free and came without any "bread" in the soup--we thought it would be a gluten free baguette); and the kale salad with salmon, which was just a big pile of kale! I was really expecting more from the kale salad based on the description and would not get again. The salmon was well seasoned and cooked though.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Haley was amazing!! The food was fantastic! We had a toddler and 5 year old and managed to have a wonderful dinner.

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  4. DebraA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The salmon entree was delicious, and every one in my party liked their food!

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  5. DCDeb

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was lovely, server disappeared mid meal but we were saved by a back of house server

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  6. b2k1973

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was terrible. I was there before my friend and they brought menus and water and never came back for my drink order. Once my friend arrived, we had to flag someone down to put in a drink order. There were two of us at a tiny table and they didn’t clear the soup bowls before bringing the main entrees. There was literally no room on the table and I had to hold mine in my lap until someone eventually came back. No one ever came back to check on us to see how the fit was or if we wanted another drink. Overall, very slow service and the food was just mediocre. The pizza I ordered was not extremely hot either.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice weekend brunch spot. Food was good. Service very nice (but that always server day specific). We were probably the loudest group there 😀.

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  8. SaltLake17

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server never returned with our order. It was odd, something went wrong. It’s a great place and I will certainly go back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Short rib wasn’t actually short rib, it was pot roast. Rock shrimp was actually just regular shrimp, and the fettuccine wasn’t cooked fully so it was a little harder to chew. The spiked apple cider was perfect, but don’t be surprised if you need to send a plate back.

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  10. EvaC

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was terrific, service was sloooooow (including leaving me standing at the door for 10 minutes before I finally approached the bartender to ask if I could sit down at a table). Getting my first beverage took 15 minutes, but food came pretty quickly. Overall, I'd return; I'll sit at the bar next time though.

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  11. NicoleM

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was definitely the highlight here. It came out quickly, I had the burger and it was delicious, the fries were hot and had a nice crisp. Service left something to be desired. There was a lot of time between her asking about drinks after we were sat and we ordered calamari that never came. Luckily, that didn’t show up on the bill so we didn’t have the argue and the food came quickly because they skipped the appetizer.

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  12. JPTo

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great go-to spot for weekend breakfast, anytime, or a casual lunch. excellent raclette grilled cheese (alas, no tomato soup to accompany), and the spinach omelette are both superb. Hash browns were a bit mushy, not crisped. OJ and GFJ are not freshly squeezed, but fine nonetheless. The only thing missing from making it an authentic diner experience is that they serve (rich tasty) coffee in glass (horrors) instead of well-worn white ceramic cups.

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  13. 67foodie

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a unique restaurant setting, amazing food and great service! My friends and I really enjoyed our evening at Bidwell.

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  14. FoodGuy

    Washington DC

    110 reviews

    3.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a nice patty melt that was cooked just right. It was also a nice day so being able to eat outside was also a plus.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Drinks took FOREVER to come out and the restaurant was not close to full. Our waiter was super nice and responsive but the timing for food and drinks took away from the experience!

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  16. KellyB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very bad service today, disappointing. And did nothing to acknowledge my dad’s 70th birthday.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was very hot inside. Don’t think they had on any air conditioning. Other than that, it was a nice meal with friends.

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  18. Corgimom

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Pros: food is delicious and affordable with some great options. Great location in the market and free parking in the market parking lot Cons: uncomfortably hot, like sweating in the booth hot. To the point dinner was not enjoyable. They need to rework the AC in there. It was bad enough I wouldn’t go back.

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  19. StephenL

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I've been here several times and came again last night before seeing a movie. Service was quite slow and un-crisp. Noise level was very active due to young families in the main Union Market hall. Food was very good. Unfortunately, the AC wasn't keeping up in this space and the temp was approx 82 inside which wasn't ideal. I'll come back and hope they get their mojo back.

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  20. ReneeDCNative

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Girl’s Day Out included crafting and brunch in Union Market neighborhood NE DC. Chose Bidwell because they take reservations, inside seating, large windows, menu variety and great location. Giving high marks on all and the food was delicious. We’ll be back.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great price for brunch. Seems lile a hidden gem in Union Market for brunch. Loved the server recommendations for food

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  22. Stlgem

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I started at the bar with a tasty bourbon sangria. Once my party arrived, we ordered a delicious variety of things. My favorites were the fried oysters and the fettuccine with rock shrimp. Our server Jazmyn was awesome. As delicious as the food was, there were QC issues: 1) salad had only one pecan and undetectable dressing. 2) the fettuccine lacked any cherry tomatoes (but it did have sufficient amount of shrimp). Overall, we had a great time and will return again.

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  23. Jack

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    More lobster (or any for that matter) in the lobster tacos. Couldn't see it or taste it. Otherwise, great food and a great experience. TY!

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  24. Polly

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place with great service and delicious food. We have been going there a long time and absolutely love it there. It is one of our favorite places.

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  25. PabloF

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good relationship between food and price. Not wine selection

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  26. voidwhichbinds

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, attentive service - with the band our frond and the in house music on it was quite loud. The cocktails and apps were delightful though- the pizzas are nice and I enjoyed the mix of classic and interesting menu items

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Service was a little slow. Nice area to eat at though.

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  28. Paige

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very kind and patient when we (two of us) stayed a very long time. Wonderful place, always. Never disappoints.

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  29. Cinjim

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food keeps getting worse. It’s a shame. This restaurant used to be one of our favorites but we stopped going because the quality of the food was not that great and service so so. But we tried it again and were disappointed. With so many options in the union market area, they really have to step it up.

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  30. MariluS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ok nothing special nothing out of the ordinary. My expectations were high and I was disappointed. Service is super slow.

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  31. DwightT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is gonna be a lot to read!! This was my first time there. Everything was going great. Food, ambiance, great service.. until. the bill came. We booked for 5 but ended up being 4. that was fine... they adjusted. We got a table by the door. The cold was too much for 3 of them. Im a big guy so it was ok for me.. they moved us.. Awesome.. thank you. We got a better table.. (we chose the second table as well. it was still by a door.. we didnt know. still a better table) So we ate and it was sooo delicious) the waitress was so sweet and kind.. We ordered 3 endless mimosas. i ordered 1 mimosa for me, because i was the driver.. and.. ive worked in a restaurant.. i knew not to take from the carafe of endless mimosas. then we get the bill.. There was a bill with my $9.00 mimosa and then $25.00 endless mimosa and then $75.00 mimosa. i found our kind waitress and told her that this receipt is wrong. She let us know that someone said the drinks were flowing and that i was charged too. I told her kindly, I def did not drink more than my little one glass and ROLL the tape. i drank from that one glass with no refills, because as a server before.. I know they would try to get me. i asked them to roll the tape.. after about 5-10 mins.. the charge was removed. but. it wasn't the best experience. I totally know that people try to get over.. but I didn't .. If you need to watch us carefully, be right about it.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Okay experience. They did give us a happy hour menu at an area where happy hour didn’t apply. As we ordered we read off from the happy hour since we picked from those option. It wasn’t until after we had ordered that they informed us that those prices didn’t apply where we were sitting. Not a great practice to do that since having that information ahead of time would have influenced our decisions.

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  33. nikkiwoj

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Friendly people, just average food, good location, but i probably wont go back. It was just ehh. It was just a bunch of little things, the water glasses smelled, the napkins smelled, we sat near the door and had a cold breeze on us from the door being opened and closed. The food plating was unimaginative. Lackluster. We had to wait around for appetizer plates… they also have a gratuity charge and credit card fee if you don’t pay in cash.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the white egg omelet with tomatoes and basil. Super awesome!! Homemade Turkey sausage needed some help with your seasoning.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great brunch. Good food and good service.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pizzas and drinks were great. Service was great as well. We would go back.

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  37. CeciliaB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for Thanksgiving and our server Janay H was great. She was attentive and welcoming. Our families live far far away and we didn’t know what to do this year but we are so glad we came here. Thank you

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  38. William

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was exceptional. There was plenty of room between table; service was excellent and the food was high quality. I will certainly return.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good meal. Service was good. Their own Bidwell lager was too light for my taste, but ask 100 people and you’ll get at least 50 different tastes.

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  40. Polly

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and best service ever. Our thanx to Gillian who is best waiter and so kind. We love your restaurant and come often because it is so good and we thank you. Happy thanksgiving!!

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FAQs

Bidwell is rated 4.2 stars by 553 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Bidwell

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    Union Market Square
  • Neighborhood
    NoMa
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking lot is secured and free
  • Public transit
    Red Line Meto-NoMa
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (202) 547-0172
  • Private party facilities
    We do not have a private dining room. However, we do offer buyouts and have a large patio area.
  • Private party contact
    Kelsie Wright: (202) 547-0172
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